What is anxiety?
Anxiety is an emotion. And just like fear, anger or sadness, anxiety is not a bad thing, it is only an adaptive response that is characterized by an increase in perceptual faculties in the face of a need, either physiological of the body, such as hunger when something is missing. An important element in the body that in those moments is below the appropriate level, or before the affective need, such as the fear of losing or feeling that it is not possible to get either recognition, or a precious asset, or love.
Actually anxiety, like all emotions, has an important function in the body, all emotions are related to the survival and adaptation of the individual. However, anxiety becomes somewhat pathological or out of the natural harmony of the body when a chronic, destructive and non-adaptive response begins to result for the individual. When anxiety begins to get out of control in a person, they may experience the following symptoms:
• General stress: which appears when you want to live beyond your economic means, you load up on debt or work more than necessary, or use your free time in stressful or competitive activities such as gambling.
• Sweating and shaking.
• Possible insomnia.
• Irritability, agitation and fear; character sensitive to anger and rage if anxiety is heightened.
• You want to cry for no reason.
• Disinterest, when anxiety is associated with fatigue or after moments of great emotional tension.
• Symptoms such as nausea, very frequent urination, hot flashes, pupil dilation and gasping may appear when anxiety is extreme.
• Dispersion, lack of concentration.
• Feeling of suffocation, loss of control or consciousness.
• Exaggerated perspiration.
• Muscle stiffness, which appears when working excessively and with nervousness because of not getting somewhere, for example, or wanting to finish quickly, or not believing that an important job is going to be finished, etc., is that the muscles are loaded with excessive tension.
• Difficulties for communication, negative and obsessive thoughts.
But all these symptoms can be softened and even disappear with simple and effective treatments that have been known for thousands of years. And, as is well known, nature always has the wisest remedy for any ailment, pain or discomfort. And anxiety is no exception.
Allopathic medicine treats anxiety with anxiolytics, sleeping pills, and other drugs that actually have side effects, weaken the immune system, create dependency, and many just numb the symptoms without actually eliminating the real cause.
Here we give you some herbs to combat anxiety and stress. There are some of them that you can use as recommended by aromatherapy, either in a diffuser or as an essential oil to prepare oils or creams and give massages. If you are going to use essential oils, make sure you never apply them directly to the skin, eyes or ingest them. You have to reduce them either with water, massage oil, some cream, etc.
Essential oils and natural remedies to combat anxiety
Melissa; It is one of the number one plants to combat altered nervous states. It is also known as honey bee cidronella, lemon verbena, bergamot, torongina, and lemon balm. Agua del Carmen (a water made by the French Carmelites) is used successfully against anxiety. It is made with the prodigious healing properties of lemon balm, which are found in the flowers and leaves, which are dried in the shade, in a cool place away from dust. You can find lemon balm in essential oil, and use it in the diffuser, in the bathtub or to give yourself a delicious massage.
It has been used for a long time in the form of an infusion, tincture, medicinal wine or anti-hysterical water, with which disorders of nervous, hepatic, neuralgic and digestive system origin are fought, as well as to calm anxiety. Lemon balm is antispasmodic, digestive and helps to relax the nervous system in a positive way, without numbing, calming and elevating the mood. The Greeks used this little plant to strengthen the heart and brain, and to dispel physical and mental affections.
Geranium: this essential oil is antidepressant, it helps to soften emotions and to cause a state of peace to be able to reflect clearly.
Anise, poppy, persimmon, lavender, chamomile or mint are also efficient when it comes to harmonizing the mood. Any of these herbs can be used in incense or aromatherapy uses.
Chamomile and Peppermint: Chamomile has excellent relaxing properties, ideal for calming the nerves, just like peppermint and anise tincture. A chamomile or peppermint tea before going to bed or on an empty stomach is effective in helping you relax. You can also make a liter of water with an infusion of chamomile water, and drink it during the day, in small sips.
• Use quality, fresh foods in your diet that supply the body with the energy it needs and especially the vitamins and minerals that are deficient, so that the body is balanced by eliminating or reducing the symptoms of anxiety.
• Avoid white sugar in every way: it has been proven in psychiatric hospitals that white sugar is one of the first causes of mental illness and disease. Avoid sodas, sweets, cakes, etc.
• Phytotherapy: linden tea, (an infusion after meals), passionflower (2 to 4 tablets daily) or St. John's wort (2 to 4 capsules daily), are good for fighting anxiety.
• Reiki, the practice of yoga or tai chi, reflexology, acupuncture, and bioegenetic medicine are very good options.